The Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Mr. Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has announced that 400,000 additional jobs would be created by 2008.
He was speaking at the launch and graduation parade of the first batch of Community Protection Unit (CPU) module of the NYEP at the Police Training School at Patase in Kumasi.
Mr. Saddique urged Ghanaians to support the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).
He said that is the surest way of addressing unemployment and wealth creation for the majority of the people.
Mr. Saddique encouraged the media to educate the public about the significance of the programme to national development.
The 100 participants comprising 75 men and 25 women drawn from the various sub-metropolitan district councils in the Kumasi metropolis, underwent a month basic training in law and physical drilling.
Mr. Saddique said for the past one month the Ministry had witnessed the importance of the CPU in Greater Accra where the 100 assistants deployed in March this year, professionally performed patrol duties at the district police stations.
He said that currently, there were about 240 CPU assistants undergoing training in the Eastern region while another 170 were standing by to be trained adding that the programme would create jobs for 15,000 youth nationwide.
Mr. Saddique stressed that there were several employment modules that had been rolled up by the NYEP Secretariat engaging over 92,000 youth nationwide in Agriculture, Education, Health, Waste and Sanitation and Graduate Paid internship.